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Title: Wisdom and Torah, with special reference to the wisdom psalms
Author: Koo, Tuck Kwan
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1979
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The early Hebrew wisdom was expounded by the parents, teachers, and priests in the family and temples. Its content was utilitarian and concerned with the worldly life, yet its distinctive nature was the fear of Yahweh which is found in JD stories, Proverbs, the Deuteronomio writings. As to the pre-exilic Torah, in Proverbs it means the instruction given by parents/teachers, and in the Tetrateuoh and the early prophets the instruction given by the priests and the prophets. As the Book of Proverbs contains an instructional form of Torah drawn from individual experience, the Deuteronomic history is another form of it based on a collective experience. In the exilic and post-exilio period the priestly Torah-giving was gradually replaced by the scribal Torah-studying/teaching. In Ben Sirs the Torah became the book of life that contains all the wisdom from the past. In the wisdom psalms the Torah is identified with wisdoms the "Torah" God's wisdom and human "wisdom" as man's fear of Yahweh. Ps I testifies to the Torah as the source of life, health, growth, and fruit. Ps 19 confesses it as trustworthy or sufficient to bring salvation and boy. Ps 119 praises its promise, salvation, mercy, as well as the way or the truth for life. The Torah was never a static rigid code of law, but the living address of God that emanates light and holiness. The essential force of the Torah is to man's hope in God. The Torah is the gift of God, the living force to guide the people.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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